About Town Redondo: new city website, environmental review commission

City to create Environmental Review Commission The Redondo Beach city council voted Nov. 15 to create a new environmental review commission.  City staff will now write an ordinance for it. An existing, five-member Public Works Commission would take on the role – to advise the city council on matters such as single-use plastics, straws, paints,…

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Playing with the boys, and girls

The first annual Tito’s Turkey Bowl was held Saturday, Nov. 19, at Seaside Lagoon. A total of 12 teams participated in 5-on-5 flag football, each game timed at 30 minutes. Winners were the Young Gravies, from Redondo Beach. Game rules required each team to have one female on the field at all times, as well…

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L.A. Times article exposes Mayor Brand e-mails

by Garth Meyer An article in the Monday Los Angeles Times, “Crude e-mails reveal nasty side of a California beach city’s crusade to halt growth,” featured messages from Mayor Bill Brand and various supporters, spanning 2014-17. Excerpts included Brand asking for input on “a first pass at an ass-kicking editorial to ram it up Aspel’s…

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Stuck-flag improvising at Veterans Day ceremony

by Garth Meyer An unforeseen, stuck flag at the top of a flagpole led to improvisation during the annual Redondo Beach Veterans Day ceremony, later resolved by the fire department.  Midway through the Nov. 11 event at Veterans Park, the youth Naval Sea Cadets marched forward for the traditional lowering of the flag – after…

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NASA: highest honors for Northrop Grumman Webb leaders

by Garth Meyer Six Northrop Grumman employees were named for NASA’s highest honors Nov. 3 for their contributions to the design and construction of the James Webb Space Telescope.  Scott Willoughby, Charlie Atkinson, Jim Flynn, Andy Cohen, Scott Texter and Andy Tao were each granted one of the following: NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, Exceptional…

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About Town Redondo – Cannabis tax measure, turnout comparison, RBEF gift

RBEF raises $1.1 million for school district A refurbishment of the high school library tops the list of items for the 2022-23 donation from the Redondo Beach Education Foundation, presented Oct. 25. This year’s gift of $1,083,000  funded everything the Redondo Unified School District asked for. The list focuses on district-wide uses, including the revamp…

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Active, Inactive voting status determines mailed ballots

by Garth Meyer Not all District Four verified signers who qualified the recall for the Oct. 19 special election were sent a ballot. The reason is tied to whether individuals have voted in recent national elections.  “We send out ballots to ‘Active’ voters,” said Redondo Beach City Clerk Eleanor Manzano. Los Angeles County defines an…

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Catalyst Cannabis announces plans for community center at S.E.A. Lab

by Garth Meyer Catalyst Cannabis Co. has announced plans to open a community center at the former S.E.A. Lab building, leasing it on a temporary basis – until owner Leo Pustilnikov gets permits to build a new commercial and retail project at the site named “Ten21 Harbor.” Elliot Lewis, CEO of Catalyst, leased the entire…

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Beach Cities Health District’s Chun wins fifth term, Bholat wins third

by Garth Meyer Beach Cities Health District Board Member Dr. Michelle Bholat was re-elected Tuesday to a third term with 45.33 percent of the vote. Fellow incumbent Dr. Noel Chun won his fifth term with 42.43 percent and Challenger Michael Kelly Martin received 12.24 percent. “I  thought the results were great,” Bholat said on Wednesday.…

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AES site owners served foreclosure notice

by Garth Meyer The AES power plant site is in foreclosure, with more than $36 million in past due payments. Site owner Leo Pustilnikov describes the Oct. 21 Los Angeles County issuance as a “negotiation of a true-up over accounting,” stemming from state payments to keep the plant on standby. The Los Angeles County Recorder’s…

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Redondo Beach city council takes first action on e-bikes

by Garth Meyer The Redondo Beach city council took the first of a possible series of actions to address e-bike safety Tuesday night, calling for adding signs on sidewalks around Redondo Union High School. The action followed a report on e-bikes in town from Redondo Beach Police Chief Joe Hoffman and two officers. In the…

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